Don’t just learn what to think. Learn how to think with a degree in philosophy. 

“He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.” –John Stuart Mill

The degree in philosophy at the Millis Institute is an adventure, exploring big ideas, asking big questions, and thinking hard about big problems. When you study philosophy at the Millis Institute, you get to partner in this adventure with some of the best minds in history, from Plato and Augustine to Edmund Burke and John Stuart Mill.

Our small-group Socratic degree in philosophy classes discuss the great works of Western philosophy; find a list of these texts under the Key Texts tab.

Liberal Arts students complete a minor in Philosophy and may complete a major by taking 8 or more units in Philosophy.

Degree in philosophy students undertaking the Oxford Summer Program will complete 2 units as intensives and can chose the following philosophy seminar:

  • Faith and Reason in the British Enlightenment


PHL100 Logic
PHL102 Medieval Philosophy
PHL103 Introduction to Philosophy
PHL104 Philosophy and Science
PHL201 Enlightenment and Modern Philosophy
PHL202 Social and Political Ethics
PHL203 Moral Philosophy
PHL210 Ancient Philosophy I
PHL220 Ancient Philosophy II
PHL303 Metaphysics
PHL304 Modernity and Secularisation
PHL305 Modern Political Philosophy: Revolution, Tradition and Liberal Democracy
*HT385 Philosophies of History
PHL397 Research Project in Philosophy
LA350 Liberal Arts internship

Plato, The Republic

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Augustine, City of God

Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae

Machiavelli, The Prince

Benedict de Spinoza, Ethics

John Locke, Two Treatises of Government

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France

Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

Mary Woollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women

John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling

Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition

Karl Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery

Iris Murdoch, Sovereignty of the Good

Charles Taylor, A Secular Age

Jean Bethke Elshstain, Public Man, Private Woman

Unit Code Unit Name Sample
PHL100 Logic Download
PHL102 Medieval Philosophy Download
PHL103 Introduction to Philosophy Download
PHL104 Philosophy and Science Download
PHL201 Enlightenment and Modern Philosophy Download
PHL202 Social and Political Ethics Download
PHL203 Moral Philosophy Download
PHL210 Ancient Philosophy I Download
PHL220 Ancient Philosophy II Download
PHL303 Metaphysics Download
PHL304 Modernity and Secularisation Download
*HT385 Philosophies of History Download
PHL397 Research Project in Philosophy Download
LA350 Liberal Arts internship Download
OXF301 Oxford Experience I Download
OXF302 Oxford Experience II Download